Pamelor or generic Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant drug (TCA) that is prescribed to treat mental or mood problems, relieve anxiety, and improve your energy level. Depression can cause you to isolate yourself, interfere with your work or schooling, alienate you from family and friends, and even cause you to think about harming yourself. This mental disorder will not simply go away; you need treatment that includes therapy and a solid support group to help raise your mood and enjoy your life and those in it. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When taken as directed, Pamelor will help to increase levels of certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. It is believed that an imbalance of neurotransmitters plays a major role in depression. By preventing the reabsorption of noradrenaline and serotonin back into the nerve cells, there is an increased amount of these chemicals available in your brain to lift your mood. Pamelor also helps to block another neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, as it has shown that too much of this brain chemical has been linked to depression.
Depression is a recognized mental condition, not a weakness. Everyone can go through periods of low moods and feeling sad. However, if you continue to experience a loss of interest in things you once enjoyed doing, gained or lost weight, have trouble concentrating, or contemplate hurting yourself, you need to seek medical help and reach out to your family and friends. Pamelor is not a cure for depression, but it can help you regain your life and take an active role in your day to day living.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding before taking Pamelor so it can be determined if Pamelor poses any risks to your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have and list any OTC and Rx drugs you are on, including herbal or vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Pamelor is safe to take. Combining certain meds could cause a negative reaction or change the efficacy of Pamelor.
Until you know how you will react to Pamelor, you should avoid performing risky tasks such as driving or operating machinery. Your skin may become more sensitive to the effects of sunlight so use an SPF sunscreen and appropriate clothing to avoid sunburn and do not use tanning beds or sun lamps. You should not stop taking Pamelor without first talking to your doctor. Pamelor and all other medications should be stored out of reach and sight of children.